I understand this recipe was developed as a fast dinner with shortcut ingredients, but since I had the time, I cooked black lentils from Trader Joe's and let them sit for about 20 minutes before I started the rest of the meal. I used diced pancetta instead of the bacon and didn't bother with the 3 Tbls of water. I probably added more dijon mustard (didn't measure), a pinch of brown sugar (which I'm not sure added anything in terms of balance) and just sort of shook the Sherry vinegar in - tasted, and adjusted as needed. Let that all sit together while I fried up a couple of eggs, which I used to top the salad-very french country style dinner! I didn't have any bread, but used black pepper style crackers and some locally made sheep's cheese with green peppercorns to which I added the thyme, lemon zest and juice. This salad, with a french rose wine, made a lovely summer's eve dinner. Even if you just make it with the called for ingredients, be sure to give this dish a try-you will be pleasantly surprised and hopefully transported to the french country side like we were!